This couch will make you rethink how (and why) you buy furniture

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Floyd’s first sectional wants to follow you from an apartment to a house. The Detroit furniture company Floyd has distinguished itself by making a few simple products. A solid wood bed frame that won’t let your mattress sag. A couch that ships in boxes and is easy to move. And a shelf that can be reconfigured from a bookcase to a media stand at will. Read Full Story

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This circular economy furniture startup designs its couches for rental and reuse

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Feather wants to stop furniture from going into landfill, by making a line of easy-to-clean and -repair furniture that can go to a second owner when you’re tired of it. Around 12 million tons of furniture ends up in landfills in the U.S. each year. A startup called Feather wants to begin to change that by shifting ownership: Instead of selling furniture, the company rents it. When someone moves or wants a different sofa, they can send it back, and the company will clean and repair to sell to someone else. Read Full Story

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Your couch may be killing you

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Flame retardants can add dangerous chemicals to your home. And a new study proves that couches are full of ’em. Since the 1970s, chemical flame retardants have been added to the cushions of upholstered furniture, such as couches. It’s long been understood that these chemicals are bad for humans , having been linked to birth defects and cancer. Read Full Story

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These gorgeous tables are made from toy and car scraps

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Floyd, which creates affordable, long-lasting furniture, is adding plastic waste to its repertoire. Detroit is known as a manufacturing hub. The downside is that the toy and car factories tend to generate a lot of plastic waste, much of which ends up in a landfill. But now, two Detroit startups are partnering to transform these scraps into colorful pieces of museum-worthy furniture. Read Full Story

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Can the furniture industry end waste by going circular? Ikea wants to find out

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The furniture giant is trying to remake its own operations to encourage durability, repairability, and resale of used furniture. And now it wants to help other furniture companies do the same. Last year, as Ikea began testing a furniture rental program in some markets, it also began taking old furniture back from customers, so it could refurbish old sofas and resell them instead of having them sent to landfills. It’s just one aspect of the company’s plans to become fully circular by 2030 —meaning that everything it makes is designed for reuse, repair, or recycling. Read Full Story

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This site will connect you with ways to volunteer during the pandemic—without leaving your couch

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Volunteer From Your Couch is a new site from Mobilize.us, a platform that connects volunteers with mission-driven organizations. On it, you can find ways to call seniors, help veterans struggling with PTSD, and any number of other socially distanced opportunities. As the country remains at a social-distancing standstill, not only are vulnerable people in need of essential items, companionship, and care, but many more fortunate individuals are finding themselves with more time on their hands and a feeling that they should be doing more to give back to the community than simply staying inside and watching Netflix. But opportunities may be limited, given health concerns with going outside and lockdown laws restricting travel. Now, there is a way to volunteer from your couch. Read Full Story

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Want to make healthcare cheaper? Bring the hospital to you

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Telemedicine was just the start. The next step? Moving hospital-quality care into your living room. At first blush, the idea of moving most healthcare from hospitals and medical offices to people’s living rooms seems impossible. Of course, once upon a time, so did getting your groceries without leaving your couch. Or voting. Or attending college. Or talking to your doctor. Or virtually any of the activities in our daily lives that used to require going somewhere and doing something. Read Full Story

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The best designed gifts of 2020

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The annual Co.Design gift guide is here to brighten up your holiday shopping in the strangest of all years with 43 creative and unique ideas. It has been a relentlessly challenging year, and the last thing you want to worry about is holiday shopping when you can’t even leave home. To make it easy, we’ve compiled more than 40 thoughtful, beautifully designed gift ideas for the loved ones in your life, from the work-from-home jockey (a prefab office ) to the cannabis aficionado (a luxurious stash box ) to the cardio junkie who can’t go to the gym (a VR workout app ). The best part? Each is available online, so you can shop from the comfort—and safety—of your couch. Read Full Story

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